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Nov 19, 2002 7:33 AM

   IS IT FAME OR INFAMY? That’s the debate taking place among the students at Drexel University in Philadelphia. The discussions are focusing on three former students who have claimed notoriety because of their arrests recently for allegedly fixing a fraudulent $3 million winning ticket in the Breeder’s Cup Pick Six.

   The three fraternity brothers — none of whom actually graduated — have been identified by authorities as the culprits who conspired to illegally win money by manipulating their selections after the races were run and the winners known.

   There were mixed emotions on the Drexel campus where illustrious alumni once trod. People like the inventors of the Universal Product Code (bar code) and the fellow who developed communications technology that made Internet possible

   “I know what they did wasn’t right,” said a Drexel freshman, “but in a twisted sort of way it shows our high standards. It shows the quality of education that you can get here.”

   But others disagreed. “It doesn’t reflect well on us. What they did wasn’t much of an achievement. I’d rather see us establish our reputation in other ways,” said another student.


   OCTOBER WAS A SELLERS’ MARKET: At least for executives affiliated with Alliance Gaming Corp. (ALLY) is appeared to be.

   As reported previously, Director Morton Topfer sold 100,000 shares on Oct. 22 at prices ranging from $17.50 to $18 a share.

   Also on that date, David Robbins sold 110,000 shares in one offering and another 20,000 in another and Anthony DiCesare sold 302,610 shares.Two days later, Jacques Andre disposed of 20,000 shares.

   And on Oct. 28, Robert Modunski, made two sales, one for 33,300 shares and another for 4,168 shares.

   All the sales were made in the approximate price range as the Topfer sale.


   ALL TALK, A LOTTO BULL: You’ve got to give credit to the Tacoma, Wash., con man who nearly talked his way into a $93 million lottery jackpot.

   It all started last week when the man showed up on a television show claiming to have the huge winning lottery ticket. He was spotted by detectives who recognized him as having outstanding forgery and theft charges.

   He was booked in jail but retained his forged lottery ticket that he used to convince a bail bondsman to put up $15,000 to free him from jail.

   And while on the outside, the con man used the same phony ticket to buy a $140,000 Hummer vehicle from a Tacoma dealership.

   But, the bail bondsman revoked the bond when he found out he had been bamboozled by the quick-talking con man.

   Naturally, the Hummer went back to the dealer who thought he had made one humdinger of a deal.


   AMERICAN DREAM STILL ALIVE? Cynicism to the contrary, the American Dream is still alive and well. For local residents, John Paul DeJoria, CEO of John Paul Mitchell Systems, Rudy Ruettiger, the inspiration behind the hit movie RUDY and Joseph Sugarman, Chairman of BluBlocker, Corp., they’re all living their dreams, which they achieved against-the-odds as profiled in the recent book The American Dreams Collection by Las Vegas author, Jim Bickford.

   In 1993, Jim got the itch to change for the better and set out to find what America's top achievers did differently to achieve their dreams. His ambitious project covered eight exciting years of research and interviews with hundreds of achievers ... from unsung heroes to multi-millionaires. With his unique findings, he set an ambitious goal to share their stories and wisdom throughout America.

   The American Dreams Collection shares stories on what has made this country great. Eighteen American legends are profiled in a section on America's past, from Benjamin Franklin to Sam Walton.

   In the present section, 44 achievers are profiled, from former Las Vegas blackjack dealer and music superstar Lee Greenwood to Holiday Inns' founder, Kemmons Wilson.

   The section on the future highlights an easy to use goal setting section, along with complete resource guide with over 400 uplifting quotations.

   "The American Dream is alive and well for all those who choose to chase after it," says Bickford.

   Find out for yourself, as each month over 45,000-plus visitors from over 90 countries worldwide use the free 380 page American Dreams web site at